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Norfolk Regiment

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Norfolk Regiment

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Abigail John Henry. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.12th Sep 1917)
  • Angell Ernest. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Armfield Samuel Percival. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.26th Sep 1915)
  • Arnup Henry Alfred. Srgt. 1st Btn. (d.23rd Apr 1917)
  • Attenborough John Haddon. 2nd Lt. 8th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Barlow William H.. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Bates William Robert. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.23rd June 1915)
  • Baxter John William. Pte. (d.6th Aug 1917)
  • Baxter Thomas. Pte.
  • Bean Ernest Edward. 2nd Lt. (d.11th Nov 1918)
  • Beaumont Arthur George. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.26th Sep 1915)
  • Benefer George Edward. L/Cpl. 1/5th Btn. (d.14th July 1918)
  • Benson Henry Walker. Pte. 1/8th Battalion (d.19th Aug 1917)
  • Bermingham William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.15th Sep 1914)
  • Biggs John Austin. 1st Btn. (d.28th June 1915)
  • Brooks George Henry. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.22nd Oct 1918)
  • Brown George John. Sgt. 8th Btn. (d.7th July 1916)
  • Brown Matthew. Cpl. 7th Battalion (d.28th April 1917)
  • Bulley Elvin Spencer. L/Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.17th Sep 1916)
  • Bunn Clifford Charles. Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.21st March 1918)
  • Burlingham George Edward. Pte 8th Btn
  • Burlingham William Robert. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • Burnett Robert G.. 2nd Lt.
  • Chadwick Harry. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.19th Apr 1917.)
  • Chadwick Harry. Pte. 1st/4th Btn. (d.19th Apr 1917)
  • Clark William George. Pte. 1/8th Btn.
  • Clarke Leslie William. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.20th Nov 1918)
  • Clutterham Frederick Ernest. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.22nd Oct 1916)
  • Cooper George Samuel. Pte. 9th Btn (d.8th Oct. 1918)
  • Cork William James Samuel. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.28th Sep 1916)
  • Cullen James Paul. Pte.
  • Curson Alexander George. L/Cpl. 8th Batt (d.19th July 1916)
  • Dewing William Anthony. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.15th Sept 1916)
  • Dixon Tom. Pte. 1st Bt, D Coy,. (d.28th April 1915)
  • Douglas Dennis H.. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.11th Aug 1917)
  • Douglas George Dennis. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.15th Sept 1916)
  • Earl Arthur Edward. Pte. 2nd Btn, 'A' Company
  • Eckersley William Mark. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.17th May 1916)
  • Eddy Richard James. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.19th July 1916)
  • Edwards Jabez. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.18th Sep 1918)
  • Farmer Arthur. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.28th Apr 1917)
  • Foulger Alfred. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.17th May 1917)
  • Foyster John. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st May 1917)
  • Fuller Charles. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.24th August 1914)
  • Gilbert Frederick. Pte. 1st Garrison Bn. (d.10th Aug 1917)
  • Goldspink Charles Samuel. L/Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.19th Jul 1916)
  • Goode George Horace.
  • Goreham Arthur. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.28th April 1917)
  • Goulty William Earnest. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Gunton Louis. Pte 9th Btn (d.15th Sep 1916)
  • Gunton Louis. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.15th September 1916)
  • Gutberlet Charles William. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.15th Sept 1916)
  • Guymer Bertie. Pte. 1st Bn. (d.25th June 1915)
  • Hammond Robert Henry. L/Cp. 7th Btn. (d.7th Aug 1916)
  • Hare Bertie Edward. 7th Btn. (d.14th Oct 1915)
  • Howes Arthur Fredrick. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.11th Mar 1915)
  • Hubbard Harry Laurence. CSM 3rd Battalion
  • Hudson John. A/Cpl. 9th Battalion (d.16th Sep 1916)
  • Jeffries Bertie. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Kelly John Sherwood. A/Lt.Col. att. 1st Btn Royal Iniskilling Fusiliers
  • Kerry Joseph Arthur. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.24th Aug 1914)
  • Kybird Cecil Frederick. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • Lake Frederick Charles. Col.Sgt. 1st Btn., Attchd. Gold Coast Regiment, WAFF (d.1st April 1915)
  • Lecky John Rupert Frederick. Capt. (d.28th Sep 1915)
  • Lecky John Rupert Frederick. Capt. 7th Btn. (d.29th Sep 1915)
  • Lowe Albert Samuel. Pte.
  • Lowe Albert Samuel. Pte.
  • Luchford Harry George Ernest. Cpt. (d.2nd Dec 1917)
  • Machin John. 7th Btn. (d.19th Sep 1915)
  • Manners Henry Fairholm. 2nd Lt. 7th Btn (d.28th Apr 1917)
  • Marshall Harold Sidney. Pte. 12th Battalion
  • Medler Sidney Richard. Pte. 1st Battalion
  • Moulton Harry. Cpl. 8th Battalion (d.19th Feb 1916)
  • Parnell Charles Sidney. Pte 7th Btn (d.12th October 1916)
  • Pearman William Frederick. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.8th Oct 1918)
  • Price Arthur George. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.8th Oct 1918)
  • Ramm Herbert Leonard. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.15th Sep 1916)
  • Rant Arthur Joseph. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.15th May 1918)
  • Rees Maurice. Pte. 8th Battalion
  • Roberts Philip Arthur George. Pte.
  • Rush Thomas. CSM.
  • Sanglier Joseph Edward. Pte. 2/5th Btn. (d.4th Dec 1916)
  • Scott John Robert. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.17th Oct 1917)
  • Shearman Edgar. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.6th Dec 1914)
  • Shearman Edward Thomas. Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.7th May 1917)
  • Smith Herbert Sydney. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.30th Mar 1917)
  • Sofley Stanley. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.22nd Oct 1914)
  • Turner Walter George. L/Cpl.
  • Tyler A.. Sgt.Maj. 2nd Bn. (d.1st August 1919)
  • Vickary Edward Lewis. L/Cpl. 4th Btn. (d.8th Sept 1915)
  • Warnes James Henry . Cpl. 2nd Battalion
  • Watt Charles Ernest. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.19th Aug 1918)
  • Wharton George Bertie. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Wheeler Charles William. Pte.
  • Wigglesworth Cyril Gordon. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Williams Llewelyn James. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.16th October 1915)
  • Witherick Percy John. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.24th Aug 1914)
  • Woffenden Richard Andrew. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.11th Aug 1917)
  • Wright Percy H.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.25 Oct 1914)
  • Wright Percy Patricia. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.25th October 1914)

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George Horace Goode Norfolk Regiment

My great grandad George Horace Goode was born 16/11/1899. He served with the Norfolk Regiment. We have a telegram reporting that he had been gassed and was in a hospital. Not sure where to try to find out more. Can anyone help please?

John Hamblin


Pte. Arthur George Price 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment (d.8th Oct 1918)

Arthur Price was the beloved 2nd son of Albert & Phoebe Price. Who was killed in action in France on 6th October 1918 in his 23rd year. He is buried at High Tree cemetery, Montbrehain, France.

Linda Sharrett


Pte. William James Samuel Cork 1st Btn. Norfolk Regiment (d.28th Sep 1916)

William Cork was injured at Delville Wood where he received gunshot wounds to the face, he was taken to Rouen General Hospital on 21/09/1916 and moved to the General Hospital at Etaples, where he died on 28/09/1916. He is buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery in France. Son of William and Alice Maud May Cork, of 163, Armes St., Norwich.

s flynn


Pte. Charles William Wheeler Norfolk Regiment

Charlie Wheeler served with the Norfolk Regiment

Carolyn Morgan


Pte. Thomas Baxter Norfolk Regiment

Thomas Baxter was born in 1875 and first saw combat whilst serving with the 9th Imperial Yeomanry during the Boer War. He was demobbed in 1901 having been wounded at the battle of Modder.

He rejoined the Army in November 1914 and immediately saw service in France. By the end of the war he was a broken man, badly gassed and unable to hold down a decent job.

He was bombed out of his house during the Second World War and went to live in Wales with in-laws where he died in 1941.

Mark Payne


Sgt.Maj. A. Tyler 2nd Bn. Norfolk Regiment (d.1st August 1919)

Serjeant Major Tyler was 31 when he died and is buried in the Calicut New Beach Cemetery in India.

s flynn


Pte. Cecil Frederick Kybird 9th Btn. Norfolk Regiment

When I asked my grandfather, Cecil Kybird, about the war as a boy, he just said there was a lot of mud! Recently I received information from the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum about my grandfather.

"From references in our records we hold in the collection I am pleased to say that we can provide the following information. From a Casualty Book which lists wounds and sickness: Pte C F Kybird, 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment was treated for Seborrhoea 27.4.1917 at Boulogne. Effects of Gas 15.5.1918. admitted to Field Ambulance then treated for Gas and Shell wound at No. 2 Canadian Hospital, Rouen 21.10.1918. From the 9th Battalion war diary he is listed as wounded, Gas at Ypres Canal Iron Bridge May 1918 and Wounded in Action in October 1918."

Ypres Iron Bridge was a bridge over the Ypres - Comines Canal. It was 2 km south of the Ypres Lille Gate, very close to the road running south of Ypres to St.Eloi, the canal was never used due to problems with making the ground stable.

Jack Kybird


Cpl. Clifford Charles Bunn MM. 9th Btn. Norfolk Regiment (d.21st March 1918)

Clifford Bunn enlisted in the Army on a short service engagement and was attested at Felixstowe on 12th of September 1914 and passed his medical at Lowestoft on the following day. On 25th of September 1914 he was posted to the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, based at Felixstowe for basic training.

When he joined the Army he was 17 years old (his army records him as 19) and a fisherman. He was 5 feet 6 inches inches tall, weighed 143lbs and his chest measurement was 35 inches fully expanded. He had a fair complexion, brown hair and brown eyes.

On 26th of January 1915 he joined the B.E.F. as a private (No. 15426) in the 2nd Bn., Suffolk Regiment, and was posted to the battalion which was holding the sector of the Allied Line in Belgium between Ypres and La Bassee in the Vierstraat area. The battalion formed part of the 8th Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division. During early 1915 the battalion saw very little action nevertheless it sustained 140 casualties in March alone. On 11th of April the battalion was withdrawn from the trenches and was in billets in Westoutre.

It was in the Vierstraat area that Clifford was wounded by a sniper. He received a gunshot wound to his cheek and jaw on 18 April 1915 and was taken to No. 8 Casualty Clearing Station at Westroute and was transferred to a military hospital at Wimereux the same day and thence on to the No. 8 Clearing Hospital at Bailleul. On the 25th of April he was sent back to England on the hospital ship St. Patrick.

He remained in England recovering from his wounds until 3 October 1915 when he was transferred to the 9th Btn. Suffolk Regiment, 71st Brigade, 24th Infantry Division and returned to France.

On 25th of September the battalion had taken part the battle of Loos only twenty-five days after landing in France and had suffered heavy casualties. After the battle it was withdrawn to Proven to rest and reorganise. It was here that Clifford joined it on 4th of October 1915 as a replacement. The following day it marched with the 71st Brigade to Brandhoek where, on 11th of October, the brigade was transferred to 6th Division.

From October until the end of the year the battalion occupied the line at Forward Cottage trenches or at St. Jean. When not in the line it was ator near Poperinghe furnishing night time working parties. On 19th of December while in the trenches in front of St. Jean the battalion was subjected to a gas attack in the early hours of the morning followed by a very heavy bombardment which lasted 24 hours resulting in over eighty causalities. On 15 December Clifford had 1s 3d stopped from his pay for losing a clasp knife!

Christmas was spent resting at Poperinghe, moving back into camp behind Ypres on the 30th of December after a spell in the trenches at St. Jean.

The battalion remained in this sector until 5th of April 1916 went it moved back to Calais for R & R. It remained here for 10 days and was back in its old camp near Poperinghe and back in the front line around St. Jean and Forward Cottage. It came out of the line again on 18 May 1916 to a camp behind Ypres, returning to the trenches around Forward Cottage early in June. The end of the month saw the Battalion back in camp near Poperinghe until 3 July when it marched to Bollezeele, moving a few days later to Houtkerque for recuperation and training in open warfare. On July 22nd it took over billets in Ypres.

On 4th of August the battalion marched to Albert and took over trenches in front of Mailly-Maillett Wood where they were given the task of clearing the battlefield of the dead of the Ulster Division.

The 28th of August saw the battalion moving to Mericourt l'Abbe on the Ancre and thence into the Sandpit area on the south-eastern edge of Ginchy where on 11 September it took over the trenches of 4th Bn., Coldsteam Guards.

On 13th of September the battalion took part in the attack by the 6th Division on the Quadrilateral between Ginchy and Bouleux Wood but it was stopped by fierce German resistance. The attack recommenced on the 15 September, this time involving 11 British Divisions (including the 6th) during the attack the battalion suffered heavy casualties losing over 100 men dead or wounded and was withdrawn into the support trenches on 17 September. The Quadrilateral was captured by the 6th Division the following day but it had suffered over 3500 casulaties. On the 19th September the battalion marched to Ville-sur-Ancre.

Between 25th and 28th of September the battalion took part in the Battle of Morval when the villages of Morval, Gueudecourt and Les Boeufs were attacked, the latter being captured by the 6th and Guards Division.

From the 3rd of December 1916 to 22nd of December Clifford seems to have been at a Base Hospital in Boulogne. 26th of December 1916 he was in Beaumarais. On the 23rd of January 1917 he Rejoined his battalion in the field. On the 6th of May 1917 he was appointed acting Corporal. and on the 18th of July 1917 he was gazetteered for the Military Medal 16th of February 1918 he was posted to 9th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment.

On 19th of February 1918: Canon Bignold writes "Corporal Clifford Bunn, M.M., has just been to see me and looks very well, but the drum of one ear is destroyed. He is off again for the Front this evening and is very cheery."

Clifford was Posted missing on the 21st of March 1918 and on the 17th of April 1918 his Father was notified that he had "died on or since 21 March 1918" His total service was reckoned to be 3 years 191 days and on the 19th of November 1918 his mother was granted a pension of 7s 6d to be paid from this date.

Ivan Arthur William Bunn


Pte. Cyril Gordon Wigglesworth 4th Btn. Norfolk Regiment

Cyril Wigglesworth is my grand father. Cyril enlisted on the 3rd of May 1915 and was discharged on the 11th of January 1917 due to sickness. I only know of this information due to the online resources. I am shocked as I always thought my grand father served in Europe along with his two brothers. I didn't realise he served in Gallipoli. Sadly, I have no other information too add apart from God bless and thank you.



Pte. Alfred Foulger 8th Battalion Norfolk Regiment (d.17th May 1917)

Alfred Foulger is my Great, Great, Grand Uncle. I am researching my family history and discovered he died in France in 1917 while serving under the Norfolk Regiment. However, I am interested where they were in May 1917. He was in the 8th Battalion.

He is commemorated in Arras, sadly without a grave.



2nd Lt. Ernest Edward Bean Norfolk Regiment (d.11th Nov 1918)

2nd Lt. Ernest Bean served with the Norfolk Regiment and lost his life on the 11th of November 1918.

Stan Green


L/Cpl. George Edward Benefer 1/5th Btn. Norfolk Regiment (d.14th July 1918)

Unfortunately, my great uncle George Benefer was killed in action. Research has shown that this happened in the Egyptian theatre of war, maybe Palestine? Sadly, he was never found. I am seeking information about my uncle and the history of his battalion.

Amanda Brindle


Pte. Richard James Eddy 8th Btn. Norfolk Regiment (d.19th July 1916)

Richard James Eddy's brother, William Lewis Eddy, died in March of the same year in Mesopotamia at the battle of Dujalah Redoubt. His brother Reginald [Sidney] survived.


Pte. Arthur Goreham 7th Btn. Norfolk Regiment (d.28th April 1917)

Arthur Goreham was killed during the Monchy Wood attacks. He was an ex-employee of Colmans Mustard. Arthur is one of 66 on the Memorial Wall at Arras.

Colin Mackenzie


Col.Sgt. Frederick Charles Lake 1st Btn., Attchd. Gold Coast Regiment, WAFF Norfolk Regiment (d.1st April 1915)

Colour Serjeant Lake was the husband of Mabel May Lake of Soham Cottage, College Rd, Watton, Norfolk.

He was buried in the Douala Cemetery, Cameroon, Grave 4.

S Flynn


John Machin 7th Btn. Norfolk Regiment (d.19th Sep 1915)

My great uncle Jack Machin was with the 7th Btn. Norfolk Regiment. His hat badge was sent home when he died. He was shot through the head and the badge has the damage caused by the bullet. My aunty still has the badge in the family and I have photos of it. My grandma is a Machin. She married a Fillingham.



Pte. Herbert Sydney Smith 1st Btn. Norfolk (d.30th Mar 1917)

Herbert Smith is a relative of my wife and I am trying to piece together the circumstances of his death. From what I have found out the Norfolk's where in the Festubertand area of the line in March 1917 before moving in April. Now comes the sketchy assumption bit. At this period of time the 5th Division which the 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment was connected to was in the sector preparing defensive positions south of the River Omignon. As he died of wounds on the 30th of March, I am assuming he was severely wounded during the german attack of 21st/22nd of March 1917. I will try and get more detailed information but if anyone has any leads I would be grateful as we intent to visit his grave in Lapugnoy Military Cemetery on the 100th anniversary of his death with his Granddaughter (my wifes mother)



Pte. Arthur Farmer 7th Btn. Norfolk Regiment (d.28th Apr 1917)

Arthur Farmer was born in 1885 near Ludlow. He moved with the family to Wednesfield about 1900 and worked on a farm. He married in 1908 and moved to Brewood working as a wagoner on a farm. He had a young son and daughter when he went off to the Somme in summer 1916. He fought at Arras in April 1917. He died from his injuries at Etaples Military Hospital and is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery.

Edward Harbord


L/Cp. Robert Henry Hammond 7th Btn. Border Regiment (d.7th Aug 1916)

Robert Hammond lived in Runhall Norfolk at the outbreak of war. He was a team master on a local farm and married to Laura Amelia Hurrell. They had 5 children, the oldest being my father John. He enlisted in Norwich with the Norfolk Regiment and was transferred in 1916 to the 7th Border Regiment. He was involved in a suicidal attack at 4.30 pm on the 7th of August 1916 in Delville Wood, the same attack as Harold Cope who's tunic is on display at the IWM. He was listed as missing and has no known grave. I have seen a letter in our local paper from his wife asking if anyone knew of his whereabouts, with a picture. He is commemorated on a plaque in Runhall church and also on the board for hymn numbers.

Tim Hammond


Pte. William George Clark 1/8th Btn. Worcestershire Regiment

William George Clark was born on 5th January 1889 in Reading, Berkshire. In the 1911 Census, he was living with his parents, brothers and sisters in Willesden, London NW. His date of attestation is 13th February 1916 at just one month before his 27th birthday. His first regimental number was 24144 with the 7th Norfolk Regiment and then he was transferred to the Worcestershire Regiment, 1/8 Battalion and his regimental number was changed to 260029.

The book that I have is a record of his pay dating from 16th June 1917. The first pays are 5 or 10 shillings per week and the place given is “in the field” and then on 5th December 1917 they change to lire in varying amounts, still “in the field”. This continues until the last two payments in the book, which are 15 francs on 24th September 1918 and 10 francs on 14th October 1918 when the book is full. Pencilled in the back of the book is Date of Embarkation June 15, 1917 and “Leave – Nov 3, 1918. From the UK, WW1 War Diaries (France, Belgium and Germany), 1914-1920, the typed note at the top of the front page is: 25th Division, 75th INFY BDE, the centre of the page shows 1/8th BN Worcestershire Regt, Sep 1918 – Feb 1919. Also, there is a pencilled notation on the front page (from 48 Div. 144 Bde, Italy) and (1915 Apr – 1717 Oct France, same Div and Bde). There are very detailed day-to-day descriptions of the activities including “improving trenches, programme of training, tactical exercises as well as Battalion movements, tactical plans, operation orders in detail, secret orders and reports of the operations, including lists of dead, wounded, prisoners.

After the war, he continued to live with his parents in Willesden and worked with his father as a master plumber until he married Elsie Millicent Breed on 30th April 1922, when they lived in Paddington. Soon after the birth of their daughter, Will went to stay at the Douglas House Convalescent and Holiday Home for Ex-Service Men in Southbourne. He continued to stay there on and off, especially during the winters and the damp days of spring, until shortly after the birth of his son in 1933, he passed away from tuberculosis, contracted as a result of the poor sanitary conditions in the trenches in WW1.

Janice Bragg

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